JNU students from Kashmir allege police harassment

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New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A few students from Jammu and Kashmir alleged harassment by Delhi Police in the wake of raids at their present and permanent residences. The police, however, denied the allegation.

The JNU Students Union on Friday criticised the alleged police action against Kashmiri students who it said were unconnected with the happenings on the campus after the January 9 incidents.

“The JNUSU strongly condemns the harassment of students from Jammu and Kashmir whose present and permanent residences are being raided. These students have approached the JNUSU saying that police have gone to their houses for ‘verification’,” JNU Students Union vice president Shehla Rashid said on Friday.

These students had earlier also approached the university administration with the same complaint.

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“A few students had approached me saying police were visiting their homes in the name of verification,” JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi told IANS.

“But perhaps this could be a routine process as police have not updated us in this regard. They gave us a list of 20 students who they were looking for, but there is no Kashmiri boy or girl on that list,” Zutshi added.

The police, too, denied investigating any students from Jammu and Kashmir.

“Why would we raid Kashmiri students? That is not part of our investigation,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath told IANS.

However, he added, “I can’t say if other agencies are probing these students.”

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